Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma
July 8, 2013 3:12 pm
This moth was flying around my Abilia bush …July 7, 2013
Signature: M Burke
Dear M Burke,
This is one of the diurnal Clearwing Sphinxes in the genus Hemaris. We are not certain if it is the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Hemaris thysbe (see Sphingidae of the Americas), or the Snowberry Clearwing, Hemaris diffinis, which is also pictured on the Sphingidae of the Americas website. Both species are often confused for hummingbirds because of they similarity in the way that they fly and hover while feeding from blossoms. We have contacted Bill Oehlke for assistance. We suspect this is the Snowberry Clearwing.
Bill Oehlke concurs
Note black legs and black line running though eye.